Tektronix Phaser 600
Xerox/Tektronix Phaser 600 Color Printer Service Manual 306 page service manual printed and bound in a 3 ring binder. Full color if applicable.
Part Numbers: 070-9482-00, 070948200
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Xerox Material Safety Data Sheet
_____________________________________________________________________ Manufacturer: Xerox Corporation, P. O. Box 1000, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070
MSDS No.: OPB-6515 Date: September 12, 1996 Revision Date: March 16, 2005
SECTION 1- PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION Trade Names ColorStix Ink, Black ColorStix Ink, Cyan ColorStix Ink, Magenta ColorStix Ink, Yellow Product Use: Tektronix Phaser 600 color printers SECTION 2 - INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS Ingredients Fatty amide waxes Rosin ester Phthalate ester black, cyan, magenta, and yellow dyes. The specific identity of ingredients, and their percentage composition, is withheld as a trade secret. SECTION 3 - HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION ROUTES OF EXPOSURE: Skin. Tektronix Part No.
016-1453-00 016-1454-00 016-1455-00 016-1456-00
POTENTIAL HEALTH EFFECTS Immediate effects: None expected. See section 11 for toxicology test information. Long Term effects: None expected Carcinogenicity: None of the ingredients of this product are listed as carcinogens by either OSHA, NTP, or IARC. SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF EXPOSURE: None expected. MEDICAL CONDITIONS AGGRAVATED BY EXPOSURE: None expected.
SECTION 4 - FIRST AID MEASURES
EYE: Contact unlikely. If any particles get into eye, flush thoroughly with water. SKIN: Wash skin thoroughly with soap and water. INHALATION: Not applicable. INGESTION: Not applicable. SECTION 5 - FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES Flammable Properties: FLASH POINT: Above 200C
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FIRE & EXPLOSION HAZARDS: These inks will burn. No unusual hazards are expected.
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SECTION 6 - ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES
SPILL OR LEAK: Not applicable
SECTION 7 - HANDLING AND STORAGE
HANDLING: No special precautions STORAGE: Avoid high temperatures.
SECTION 8 - EXPOSURE CONTROL - PERSONAL PROTECTION
EXPOSURE GUIDELINES: None established ENGINEERING CONTROLS/PERSONAL PROTECTION: No special protection indicated when used as intended.
SECTION 9 - PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES
APPEARANCE/ODOR: Waxy solid. Black, blue, red, or yellow in color. Odorless. SOLUBILITY: Not water soluble
SECTION 10 - STABILITY AND REACTIVITY
STABILITY: Stable INCOMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER MATERIALS: None HAZARDOUS POLYMERIZATION: Will not occur.
SECTION 11 - TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION
TOXICITY: Not toxic, as determined by standard laboratory tests for acute oral toxicity. SKIN IRRITATION: Not a primary skin irritant, as determined by standard laboratory tests. SKIN SENSITIZATION: Not a skin sensitizer, as determined by standard laboratory tests. CARCINOGENICITY: No ingredients of this product are listed as carcinogens by OSHA, NTP, or IARC.
SECTION 12 - ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION
No known impact.
SECTION 13 - DISPOSAL CONSIDERATIONS
This product is not a hazardous waste as specified in 40CFR261. TCLP below hazardous waste levels set by EPA. Manage and dispose of waste in accordance with all federal, state, and local regulations.
SECTION 14 - TRANSPORT INFORMATION
D.O.T.: Not regulated NMFC: 101720 Sub. 3 - Ink, Printing, N.O.I., Class 55.
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SECTION 15 - REGULATORY INFORMATION
TSCA: All components of this material are listed on the TSCA Inventory. CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65: Not listed. RCRA: TCLP below hazardous waste levels set by EPA EPCRA/SARA: Not reportable
SECTION 16 - OTHER INFORMATION
Xerox Corporation PO Box 1000 Mail Stop 60-512 Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-1000 Printer information call: 1-800-835-6100 Safety Information: (800) 828-6571 Health Emergency: (585) 422-2177
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User Manual Release Note
Copyright Tektronix, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. Unpublished rights reserved under the copyright laws of the United States. Contents of this publication may not be reproduced in any form without permission of Tektronix, Inc. November 1996 Part Number 070-9270-82
New features and updates
Installing the PhaserMatch application
Refer to the following table to locate the instructions in this release note for installing and using your printer with the PhaserMatch application.
Printer Phaser 480X Phaser 450 Phaser 300X Phaser 600 Macintosh installation instructions page 2 page 2 page 2 page 2 Windows installation instructions page 3 page 3 page 3 page 7 Using the PhaserMatch application page 8 page 8 and page 9 page 8 page 8
Hints and tips for using Calibration Curves See page 10 in this release note for information on using the curve editing feature. Using the Send Prole command This command has improved performance over the description in the PhaserMatch User Manual. See page 12 in this release note for details. Printing a densitometry test print See page 13 in this release note for information on making a test print on your target printing device. Printing with custom proles See page 13 in this release note for instructions on printing custom proles you created in the PhaserMatch application.
Installing the PhaserMatch application: Macintosh
Phaser 480X, Phaser 450, Phaser 300X, and Phaser 600 printers
The PhaserMatch application for Macintosh is compatible with Apple Macintosh II computers, or later, including PowerPCs. Refer to the instructions in your printers manuals for installation instructions.
Phaser 480X printers The installer program for the PhaserMatch application is on the printers CD-ROM. Refer to the PhaserMatch User Manual for more information. Phaser 450 printers The installer program for the PhaserMatch application is on the printers CD-ROM. Refer to the Phaser 450 Drivers and Utilities Printing Reference manual for more information. Phaser 300X printers The installer program for the PhaserMatch application is on the printers CD-ROM for the extended features option. Refer to the Phaser 300X Drivers and Utilities Printing Reference manual for more information. Phaser 600 printers The installer program on the printers CD-ROM installs the PhaserMatch application. Refer to the Phaser 600 Color Printer User Manual for more information.
The les created by the PhaserMatch application are stored in the following locations:
A PhaserMatch folder inside a PhaserTools folder created by the installer application. A PhaserMatch folder in the Preferences folder, in the Extensions folder, inside the System Folder on your hard disk.
Installing the PhaserMatch application: Windows
Phaser 480X, Phaser 450, and Phaser 300X printers
Use the following instructions to install PhaserMatch for Windows for these printers:
Phaser 480X printers Phaser 300X printers Phaser 450 printers If you have an older version of the PhaserMatch application installed on your computer, you should delete its icon from the existing Phaser Tools Group, then delete the Phaser Tools Group. Any saved calibrations or proles will be available for use in the new version of PhaserMatch in the new PhaserTools Group after installation. Start Windows. Insert the appropriate printers CD-ROM into your computers CD-ROM drive. From the File Manager, select the drive the CD-ROM is in, followed by the PHSRMTCH directory. Locate the SETUP.EXE le; double-click the le to start the installer. At the Start Installation dialog box, click Yes to install now.
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In the Select Installation Drive dialog box, select the drive to install the software to, then click OK.
In the Setup dialog box, select the directory to install the software in. Use the default C:\PHSRMTCH, or type a new path name. Then click OK.
In the Icon Installation dialog box, click one of the buttons to determine the group where you want the PhaserMatch application to reside. You can change your mind and return to this dialog box.
Click the Use Existing Group button to use an existing group. The Installer looks for an existing PhaserTools group. Select a group from the list, then click OK. Or, click Go Back to return to the Icon Installation dialog box.
Click the Create New Group button to use either the default PhaserTools group name or type a new group name. Then click OK. Or, click Go Back to return to the Icon Installation dialog box.
At the Installation Complete message, click Yes to exit the installation program and open a README document about this procedure; click No to exit the installation program. The PhaserMatch application is available in the group you specied.
Windows 95: PhaserMatch les are stored in the WIN95/PHSRMTCH directory. Windows 3.1: PhaserMatch les are stored in the WINDOWS/PHSRMTCH directory.
If you get an error when making a test print 5-1 If some users cannot use the CD-ROM 5-2 Software files 5-3 Values for IT8.7-3 Basic Color Target test pattern 5-4 Values for IT8.7-3 Color Standard Chart test pattern 5-7
Introduction to PhaserMatch
PhaserMatch is an application for Macintosh and Windows users that provides a simple visual approach to calibrating the printer and editing color proles. PhaserMatch provides an Easy Calibration user mode for step-by-step calibration requiring no training or special measurement equipment. An Expert Calibration user mode is designed for the most demanding users who need to consistently and accurately predict and control colors.
Calibration is the process of compensating for certain color printing factors to ensure consistency in printing. Using the different test prints available in PhaserMatch, you can make adjustments to compensate for variations between printers and for variations in ink levels in different transfer rolls. The PhaserMatch Calibration commands have the following features:
Allow consistency across printers and transfer rolls without expensive measurement equipment. Eliminate color casts in neutral grays. Modify a printers calibration table to improve color matching. Edit a calibration table or use a curve editing window with a graphic display. Save and load, import and export, calibration settings for different transfer rolls or transfer roll types. The calibration commands are available for the Phaser 480X, Phaser 480, and Phaser 440 dye sublimation color printers.
The Prole feature is available only for the Phaser 480X dye sublimation color printer.
A prole is a TekColor color correction that attempts to match the printers output to a specic reference, such as a printing press. Editing proles is an advanced feature used to modify standard TekColor proles (SWOP Press, SNAP Press, Commercial Press, and Euroscale Press) to improve color matching. For proong pre-press work, you can create and use custom proles to improve the color matching to a specic printing press. The PhaserMatch Prole commands have the following features:
Modify proles using a simple table, a curve editing window, or a detailed table of measured data. Adjust the dot gain of printing press proles to more closely match the dot gain of individual printing presses. Adjust the background paper color of printing press proles to reect the color of the actual paper (white or off-white) used for printing. Adjust color density and color reproduction curves to simulate the color output of a target printing press. Save and load, import and export, custom proles for different paper background colors or for the dot gain expected on a particular printing press. Custom proles can be easily selected in Tektronix drivers for Macintosh and Windows users. For best results, you should always calibrate a printer before creating a custom prole.
Learning to use PhaserMatch
Tutorial on Phaser 480X CD-ROM
The Phaser 480X CD-ROM includes an on-line tutorial for using PhaserMatch. This interactive program uses a simple visual approach to lead you through the applications features.
Insert the Phaser 480X CD-ROM into your computers CD-ROM drive. Open the PhaserMatch folder. Double-click the PhaserMatch tutorials icon to start the program.
PhaserMatch for the Macintosh
Locating the software
The PhaserMatch software can be used with Phaser 480X, Phaser 480, and Phaser 440 printers. The software is available in the following locations:
On the Phaser 480X CD-ROM. (Part number: 063-2448-00) On the PhaserMatch for Macintosh diskette. (Part number: 063-2266-00)
To use PhaserMatch, you must have the Tektronix driver for your printer installed on your hard disk. Refer to the drivers and utilities manual for your printer to install the driver.
PhaserMatch for the Macintosh requires the following hardware and software:
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An Apple Macintosh II computer (or later). At least 0.5 Mbyte of available RAM. System Software version 7.0 or later. Works best with monitors having 256 or more colors. Optional: CD-ROM drive.
2 Getting Started
Installing the software
To install PhaserMatch on a Macintosh, follow these steps:
a. Insert the Phaser 480X CD-ROM into your computers CD-ROM drive. b. Open the PhaserMatch folder.
Floppy diskette: Insert the PhaserMatch for Macintosh diskette into your computers disk drive.
Double-click the PhaserMatch Installer icon. At the introduction screen, click anywhere in the window, or press any key, to continue. Help text is visible in the lower part of the installer window. Move the mouse around the window to see explanations of the different sections. Click on the Recommended icon in the left side of the window and drag it to the disk in the right side of the window where you want the software installed. At the installation complete dialog box, click Quit. Locate the PhaserMatch application in the Phaser Tools folder on your Macintosh hard disk.
Starting the application
PhaserMatch works only with the following Tektronix Phaser dye sublimation color printers: Phaser 480X, Phaser 480, and Phaser 440.
To start PhaserMatch on a Macintosh, follow these steps:
Open the Chooser and select the appropriate driver and printer. For example, select the Phaser 480X driver and your Phaser 480X printer. Then close the Chooser. If you do not have the appropriate driver installed for your printer, refer to the drivers and utilities manual that came with your printer for driver installation instructions.
Locate the PhaserMatch application in the Phaser Tools folder on your Macintosh hard disk. Double-click the PhaserMatch icon to start the application; a menu bar appears at the top of the screen listing the File, Calibrator, Prole, and Help menus. If the currently selected printer is not a Phaser 480X, a Phaser 480, or a Phaser 440, a message appears instructing you to select one of these printers in the Chooser. PhaserMatch checks the selected printer for information on the installed transfer roll; this information is required by the application. If the printer is busy with other jobs, PhaserMatch waits for them to nish before connecting. If you dont want to wait, click the Cancel button in the status dialog box to quit the application. You can try again later when the printer isnt busy.
Using the application
Calibration and Proles
Refer to Chapter 2, Calibrating the Printer, and Chapter 3, Editing Proles for step-by-step instructions on using PhaserMatch.
Help text in PhaserMatch
Help text in the PhaserMatch application is arranged as a list of topics that are always available for selection whenever the Help dialog box is opened. Help text is available in the following places in the PhaserMatch application:
From the Help button available in most dialog boxes. From the question mark icon in the right of the menu bar. Open the Help dialog box in one of the ways described above. Click on a topic in the left column to see an explanation in the right column.
PhaserMatch for Windows
On the Phaser 480X CD-ROM. (Part number: 063-2448-00) On the PhaserMatch for Windows diskette. (Part number: 063-2266-00)
To use PhaserMatch, you must have the Tektronix driver for Windows 3.1 installed for a Phaser 480X, a Phaser 480, or a Phaser 440 printer. Refer to the drivers and utilities manual for your printer to install the driver.
PhaserMatch for Windows requires the following hardware and software:
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An IBM or compatible PC, with a 386, or higher, processor. One oppy-disk drive (3.5-inch drive with 1.44-Mbyte capacity). A hard disk with at least 0.5 Mbyte of available RAM. MS-DOS 5.0 operating system, or higher. Windows version 3.1, or higher. Optional: CD-ROM drive.
For best results, use the following:
Super VGA monitor with 800 x 600 dpi or higher resolution. A monitor with 256 or more colors.
To install PhaserMatch on a PC with Windows 3.1, follow these steps:
a. Insert the Phaser 480X CD-ROM into your computers CD-ROM drive. b. Open the PHSRMTCH directory.
Floppy diskette: Insert the PhaserMatch for Windows diskette into your computers disk drive.
Start Windows. Use the File/Run command in the Program Manager to start SETUP.EXE from the CD-ROM or diskette. Or, double-click SETUP.EXE in the File Manager.
In the PhaserMatch Setup dialog box, make the following selections:
a. Select the location on your hard drive where you want the PhaserMatch les saved. Use the default path C:\PHSRMTCH listed in the edit box, or type in the path you want, or click Change Directory to locate the path you want. b. Click Continue. 5. 6. 7.
A message appears asking if you want to read the phsrmtch.wri le. Click Yes or No. At the installation complete dialog box, click OK. Locate the PhaserMatch application in the Phaser Tools group.
Setting Gray Balance values
Use Gray Balance with 3-Color and 4-Color Transfer Rolls; adjusting Gray Balance values has no affect if you have a Black Transfer Roll installed.
Use the Gray Balance dialog box to do the following:
Adjust a transfer rolls printed colors to produce a neutral gray, by independently adjusting cyan, magenta, and yellow so the three primary colors produce equal densities or amounts of color. The CMY (cyan, magenta, and yellow) color panels on a transfer roll can each print different densities, or amounts of color. A composite or neutral gray made from printing equal amounts of CMY can show a color shift if one or more of the colors is printing with a different density from the other colors. For example, if the cyan panel on a transfer roll is printing lighter than normal, then a neutral gray appears more red (combination of magenta and yellow). You can adjust the printer to print cyan darker than normal to even out the relative densities between the three colors by adjusting the gray balance at different points along the CMY/gray scale print density range of the printer. Adjust for neutral gray to help ne-tune printer colors if you see a hue shift in your prints. Specify the neutral grays for each gray level.
To adjust Gray Balance values, follow these steps:
Start the PhaserMatch application. From the Calibrate menu, select either Easy Calibration or Gray Balance. The following dialog box appears:
Click the Print button to print the Gray Balance test print. The printer automatically scales the image to t on the media loaded in the printers paper tray. The Gray Balance test print reects the current calibration settings known by the PhaserMatch application. The Gray Balance dialog box and test print show ve clusters representing ve lightness levels: 5%, 10%, 25%, 40%, and 60%. The axes on each cluster represent the following colors: cyan magenta yellow red green blue (+C) (+M) (+Y) (+R) (+G) (+B)
The cells farther from the center of the cluster show increasing amounts of the corresponding color in the gray values. The center cell (00) shows the applications current settings.
If you have a 4-Color Transfer Roll installed, there are two sets of six rows, one set for CMY, and another row for Black. If you have a 3-Color Transfer Roll installed, only one set of six rows are printed for CMY. If you have a Black Transfer Roll installed, only one set of six rows are printed for Black.
If you used the Load Calibration command in the File menu to load a previously saved or imported calibration, those settings are used by the application to print the test print. Macintosh: The PhaserMatch application checks the printers current calibration settings. The printers settings are used for printing the Gray Linearity test print, and are used as the starting point for making modications to the calibration settings. Windows: The PhaserMatch application uses the last calibration settings you made for that printer. Your last calibration settings are used for making the Gray Linearity test print, and are used as the starting point for making modications to the calibration settings. However, your last calibration settings may not be the same settings currently in the printer if someone else has made changes. If your last settings in the PhaserMatch application dont match the printers current calibration settings, then printing the Gray Linearity test print changes the printers settings to match the applications settings.
Each square on the Gray Linearity test print contains a bar pattern that contrasts slightly with its background color. The bar pattern may show a slight color that is not important in gray linearity; only the relative lightness level is important. Within each row on the test print, select the square that shows the closest lightness match between the two areas of the square. Look for equal amounts of lightness or darkness; disregard differences in color or hue. Squinting a little to distort your vision can help in selecting the correct square. Enter the squares number into the Gray Linearity dialog box.
a. In the 5% CMY row on the test print, select the square that shows the most similar lightness between the two colors in the square. b. In the dialog box, click the 5% Gray button. c. Click the corresponding square in the CMY and Black rows. The number in the CMY and Black columns change to reect your selection. d. Repeat this procedure for all of the rows.
Make a second test print with the new values. Clicking the Print button changes the values in the printer so the test print reects the new values. The values in the Gray Linearity dialog box are displayed as 5, indicating that the grays shown in the center (5) box of the test print now show your new settings. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for ne-tuning colors if the rst adjustment is not close enough to what you expected. The changes in gray levels are smaller between boxes near the center than between boxes near the ends, allowing you to ne-tune your selection that is now shown in the center box. Click Cancel to leave the last settings in place if you havent made another test print or clicked OK. Click Restore Defaults to return the values in the dialog box to the factory defaults. Click OK to send the default values to the printer. If you are satised with the adjustments, click OK to send the new calibration settings to the printer. Clicking the OK button changes the values in the printer.
If you want to save the new calibration settings to use again, select Save Settings; the Save Calibration dialog box opens.
Adjusting calibration curves
The Calibration Curves command is available only in the Expert Calibration user mode. Refer to page 2-9 for instructions on selecting this user mode.
Calibration Curves is an advanced function for users who want more control over adjusting the tone reproduction curve for each color on the transfer roll. Any changes made in this dialog box modify or ne tune the settings made in the Gray Balance and Gray Linearity dialog boxes.
Be careful when using this function; setting calibration curve adjustments too far from nominal values may distort color characteristics for all printing modes.
Use the Calibration Curves dialog box to do the following:
Edit the printers calibration values at different points for each color on the transfer roll, or reset all values to the nominal default. Adjust the density of each primary color to correct color shifts.
How values are displayed
Values when the dialog box is rst opened
The values displayed when the Calibration Curves dialog box is rst opened reect the calibration settings known by the application.
If you used the Load Calibration command in the File menu to load a previously saved or imported calibration, those settings are displayed and used by the application to print the test print. Macintosh: The PhaserMatch application checks the printers current calibration settings. The printers settings are used for printing the Calibration Curves test print, and are used as the starting point for making modications to the calibration settings. Windows: The PhaserMatch application uses the last calibration settings you made for that printer. Your last calibration settings are used for making the Calibration Curves test print, and are used as the starting point for making modications to the calibration settings. However, your last calibration settings may not be the same settings currently in the printer if someone else has made changes. If your last settings in the application dont match the printers current calibration settings, then printing the Calibration Curves test print changes the printers settings to match the applications settings.
Curve selection display
Each Curve Selection designates a color on the installed transfer roll:
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Select Save Calibration from the File menu. Click Export; the Export Calibration dialog box appears. Select the name of the calibration setting you want to export from the File Name list. Select the destination (Drives/Directories) where you want to export the settings to as a le. In the Calibrations Settings name eld, type a new le name for saving the settings. Click OK.
Importing calibration settings
You can import calibration setting les for use on your computer.
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Select Load Calibration from the File menu. Click Import; the Import Calibration dialog box appears. Select the location (Drives/Directories) you want to import settings from. Select the name of the calibration settings you want to import from the File Name list. This must be a le created in the Expert Calibration user mode. In the Calibrations Settings name eld, type a new name for the imported settings, if desired. Click OK. The imported settings appear in the list of available settings in the Load Calibration dialog box, under the name they had when imported.
Selecting calibration preferences
The Calibration Preferences command is available only in the Expert Calibration user mode. Refer to page 2-9 for instructions on selecting this user mode.
You can change the active percentage points (but not the appearance of the curves) in the Calibration Curves dialog box.
From the File menu, select Preferences, then select Calibration Prefs. The following dialog box appears:
Make a selection as desired.
The rst row of numbers (10%, 50%, and 100%) is the default setting. These percentages let you adjust colors in a light area, a middle range, and in a dark area. The second row of numbers (5%, 10%, 25%, 40%, 60%, and 100%) are the same percentage points used in the Gray Balance dialog box. The User dened area lets you select individual percentages as desired. For example, selecting 5%, 50%, and 90% would let you adjust colors in highlight, midtone, and shadow areas.
For advanced pre-press color proong, your printer has several standard printing press proles available in the Tektronix drivers:
Commercial Press (Commercial pre-press proofs) Euroscale Press (European printing press standard) SNAP Press (Specications for Non-Heat Advertising Printing) SWOP Press (Specication for Web Offset Publications)
These proles allow the printers colors to emulate the color behavior of a particular printing press. Editing these standard proles lets you adjust for variations between your printers colors and a specic printing press you want to emulate. A prole you have edited can be saved for use with a Tektronix printer driver. You can also specify a color for the paper or background of a prole. Then, when you print, the page is lled with the desired background color to simulate the look of the paper you are specifying for the nal printing press job. The other colors in an image are also adjusted to print appropriately on the specied paper color. This function is designed for white and off-white papers only, and is not intended to simulate brightly colored paper stocks. For proles to be effective, the printer and the currently installed transfer roll must be properly calibrated. See page 3-1 for calibration information.
4 Editing Profiles
Deciding which Prole menu command to use
These commands are available only in the Expert Calibration user mode. Refer to page 2-9 for instructions on selecting this user mode. Dot Gain Dot Gain is the amount a halftone dot increases in size when printed, due to the characteristics of the paper, inks, and printing press used. The Dot Gain dialog box allows you to change the percentage of dot gain for a prole to better match a specic printing press. Prole Curves Curves provide a more visual representation of color or dot percentages. The Prole Curves dialog box allows you to modify a prole to match a specic printing press, then save the prole for use in the Tektronix driver. Densitometry Densitometry requires a reective densitometer to measure the densities and dot percentages of each ink color. The Densitometry dialog box allows you to create an edited prole that attempts to match the density values on a specic Phaser printer to the density values of the target press. Paper Color Paper Color is the background color of the paper you are going to print on. The Paper Color dialog box allows you to compensate for printing on white and off-white papers by creating a background color for a specic prole.
Problems with using multiple procedures
Modifying values in more than one Prole menu dialog box has different effects. In all of the following cases, where a subsequent operation would cause a loss of detail in the changes you have already made, a warning message appears asking you to conrm your actions before the changes you made in the second dialog box take effect.
If you make modications in the Prole Curves dialog box, then use the Dot Gain dialog box, you will lose the detailed changes you made in the Prole Curves dialog box. If you enter data in the Densitometry dialog box, then use the Dot Gain dialog box, you will lose precision and the density values you entered in the Densitometry dialog box. If you enter data in the Densitometry dialog box, then use the Prole Curves dialog box, you will lose the density values you entered in the Densitometry dialog box.
Adjusting for Dot Gain
The Dot Gain command is available only in the Expert Calibration user mode. Refer to page 2-9 for instructions on selecting this user mode.
A printing press creates an image with halftone dots. The round dots of ink touch and overlap, covering a percentage of the page. The printed dots usually increase in size as they are absorbed by the paper, covering a larger area of the page than expected. Dot gain is the percentage a printed dot grows from what is expected. For example, if you request 50% Cyan, the printing press may actually cover 75% of the paper area with Cyan, giving you a 25% dot gain for Cyan. The dot gain may be different for each color ink, typically between 20% and 30%. Use the Dot Gain dialog box to compensate for dot gain on a specic printing press. Start with a base or standard printing press prole, such as Commercial Press or SWOP Press. The values in the dialog box show the dot gain for that prole. With information from your printing representative, or from your own experience, you can change the percentage of dot gain for a prole to better match a specic printing press.
Start the Phaser Calibrator application. Select Modify Dot Gain from the Prole menu. The following dialog box appears:
In the Select a base prole eld, select the standard prole you want to modify. Or, to edit a previously saved, user-dened prole, follow these steps:
a. Select Load Prole from the File menu. b. Select a prole in the list and click OK. Note
The list of proles in the Dot Gain dialog box displays the name of the standard prole, such as Commercial Press, that was used as the base for the modied the prole you just loaded. However, the settings in the dialog box reect the actual settings of the loaded prole.
Under Dot Gain at 50%, set the expected dot gain at the 50% point for each primary color: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. See your printing companys representative for information on a specic printing press. Use the increase and decrease arrow buttons to make changes. Setting the 50% dot gain does not affect the density of fully saturated primaries. If fully saturated cyan, magenta, yellow, and black seem darker on your Phaser printer than on your target printing press, you can reduce the values in the maximum density settings to lighten those colors. Make a test print to see the effects of your dot gain and maximum density changes. The test print includes swatches of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black at 5% increments, and sweeps from white to each primary color. The test print also shows two standard IT8.7-3 test patterns that you can compare with equivalent test patterns printed on your target printer. Refer to the following pages for test pattern values:
IT8.7-3 Basic Color Target, see page 5-4. IT8.7-3 Color Standard Chart, see page 5-7.
a. Select your new paper color in the list in the Paper Color dialog box and click OK b. Select Save Prole in the File menu and click OK.
Modifying an existing paper color
To modify or change an existing paper color in the list of available paper colors, follow these steps:
Select Paper Color from the Prole menu. Select a paper color from the list in the dialog box. Click Modify; the Modify Paper Color dialog box appears.
In the CMYK Paper Color Mix eld, change the amounts of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black by clicking the arrow boxes. You cannot change the name of a paper color you are modifying. If you want to create a new paper color, refer to page 4-17. Click Print to make a test print showing your selections and the other standard and dened paper colors available. Redene the CMYK color mix if desired, and make another test print to check the color. When you are satised with the modied paper color, click OK.
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To use the modied paper color, do one of the following: To add the paper color information to the prole you are currently modifying, select your new paper color in the list in the Paper Color dialog box, and click OK. This prole can be one of the following:
To add the modied paper color to the list in the Paper Color dialog box without modifying the current prole, click Cancel. To save the current prole with the modied paper color information, follow these steps:
a. Select your modied paper color in the list in the Paper Color dialog box and click OK b. Select Save Prole in the File menu and click OK.
Deleting a paper color
To delete a paper color you no longer want in the list of available paper colors, follow these steps:
Select Paper Color from the Prole menu. Select a paper color from the list you want to delete. Click Delete to remove the paper color from the list of available paper colors.
Using edited proles
Once you have modied and saved a prole, you can select it in the Tektronix driver for your printer. The proles are added to the Color Corrections list in the TekColor Options dialog box.
Open the Chooser and select the appropriate driver and printer. For example, select the Phaser 480X driver and your Phaser 480X printer. Select Print form the File menu. In the Print dialog box, click the TekColor button. In the TekColor Options dialog box, select the prole you wnat to use from the Color Correction list.
Loading existing proles
The Load Prole command is available only in the Expert Calibration user mode. Refer to page 2-9 for instructions on selecting this user mode.
prints, test Calibration Curves 3-19 Densitometry 4-13 Dot Gain 4-6 errors 5-1 Gray Balance 3-4 Gray Linearity 3-11 Paper Color 4-16 Prole Curves 4-11 target values 5-4, 5-7 Prole Curves command overview 4-2 dialog box 4-9 selecting preferences 4-29 test print 4-11 using 4-8 Prole Preferences dialog box 4-29 proles Densitometry overview 4-2 using 4-12 Dot Gain overview 4-2 using 4-4 overview 1-2, 4-1 Paper Color Add Paper Color 4-17 Delete Paper Color 4-21 Modify Paper Color 4-19 overview 4-2 using 4-15 preferences 4-29 Prole Curves overview 4-2 using 4-8 using edited proles in driver 4-22
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warning messages, displaying 2-10 Windows PhaserMatch Gray Balance notes 3-6 Gray Linearity notes 3-12 Help Text 2-8 installing 2-5 locating the software 2-5 menu bar 2-7 PHSRMTCH 2-6 Select Printer dialog box 2-7 starting the application 2-7 system requirements 2-5 using the application 2-8
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